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Jazz This Week: Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller, Jonathan Butler, Phil Perry, and More


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This week's schedule of jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes several shows featuring keyboard players, starting tonight when pianists Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller (pictured) begin a four-night engagement at Jazz at the Bistro.

Both men are considered to be among the top piano players in mainstream jazz , and being able to hear them together, working out on a pair of nine-foot Steinway grands, is a rare opportunity. For more about Miller and Barron, and some videos of both performing, see this post.

Also tonight, singer Erin Bode and her band perform downtown at the recently re-opened Copia Urban Winery, which hasn't featured much live music yet but would certainly be a welcome addition to the mix in the area.

Thursday night is a bit sparse this week, as the Jazz at Holmes series at Washington University is beginning an unexplained, mid-semester two-week hiatus. The series will return on October 7 with a concert by saxophonist Nicole Johänntgen.

On Friday, singer and guitarist Jonathan Butler will perform at 560 Music Center, with saxophonist Tim Cunningham opening the show. For more about Butler, see this post from Saturday.

Also on Friday, Robbie's House of Jazz has keyboard player Marvin F. Cockrell and his band Focus, whicle on Saturday, the club will feature keyboardist Brock Walker's quartet in a tribute to Sarah Vaughan. On Sunday, Good 4 The Soul has an early evening show at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups.

Looking beyond the weekend, on Monday pianist Kim Portnoy and his Big Band will play a concert at Webster University's Winifred Moore Auditorium, and BB's has the return of bassist David Certain's CertainBeat WorldBop.

On Tuesday, singer Phil Perry, who got his start here in St. Louis as a member of the yesteryear vocal group the Montclairs, will be back in his hometown to perform a free outdoor concert at the Missouri History Museum as part of the Museum's Twilight Tuesdays series

For more jazz-related events in St. Louis this weekend and beyond, please visit the St. Louis Jazz Notes Calendar, which can be found on the left sidebar of the site or by clicking here. You also can keep up with all the latest news by following St. Louis Jazz Notes on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StLJazzNotes or clicking the “Like" icon on the StLJN Facebook page.

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